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Joe Francis --

Named in

Female Battery Investigation

2/5/2011 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Girls Gone Wild" honcho Joe Francis is at the center of a police investigation after a woman told cops  Joe pushed her to the ground at his L.A. home last week ... TMZ has learned.

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Law enforcement sources tell us ... the woman told police she met Joe at a Hollywood night club late Friday night and agreed to go back to his home. 

After they got to the pad -- the woman claims the two got into an argument and Joe shoved her to the ground ... causing minor injuries.



The woman left the home, contacted police and filed a report -- naming Francis as her attacker.  So far, no charges have been filed.

It's another legal issue for Francis -- just a few days ago, he was indicted for stiffing the Wynn Hotel in Vegas out of millions of dollars in gambling debt.

Joe released a statement to TMZ saying ... "If you haven't noticed by now, I am a huge target for false allegations and accusations like this. My bodyguard, who is a reserve Sheriff, is always present at my house for any after party."

He continues, "The only thing I witnessed last week was a girl being struck by another girl -- who was then subsequently removed by my bodyguard. I have not been contacted by anyone regarding this matter but I am happy to talk to them if contacted."

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